Wiltshire diabetes course wins national award

Posted: August 19, 2015

Helping patients understand their condition

An educational course run by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which helps people with Type 2 diabetes in north and west Wiltshire manage their condition has won a national award.
 
The X-Pert Diabetes Programme, delivered via group sessions by diabetes nurse specialists and dieticians from the Wiltshire Community Diabetes Service gives practical information on areas including diet and exercise.
 
The six-week course came second out of 84 participating trusts in the "Greatest Improvement in Glycated Haemoglobin After 12 Months" category at the national X-PERT awards ceremony, where staff collected certificates and rosettes to mark their achievement.
 
Glycated haemoglobin is a measure of diabetes control and reducing the level reduces the risk of the long term complications of diabetes. 

Equipping people with knowledge

The programme, taught to groups of up to 20 people  at various locations throughout Wiltshire, including Calne, Chippenham, Devizes, Trowbridge and Melksham, was recognised for helping patients control their diabetes.

The course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of the long-term complications that diabetes can cause.

Referral can be by the GP service or people can self-refer. It is open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes. 

Helping to make a big difference  

One of those to benefit from the programme is Nicola White from Calne, who was referred to the course by her GP after being diagnosing with diabetes.
 
"Going on the course really opened my eyes," she said. "I now know what to eat; what to avoid and how to understand food labels, as I wasn't sure before."
 
Miss White, 44, who attended the course at Calne Town Hall, added: "Each week we learnt about a new area, which made things really easy to follow and manage - I did not realise what diabetes was and now I do, I'm able to help myself with it, which has really benefitted my health." 

A fantastic achievement  

Bernadette Hall, Diabetes Team Leader, said: "The difference the course has made for many of our patients is remarkable and it is fantastic that so many have taken on-board what our diabetes experts have said, as it has led to a healthier life for our patients.
 
"We are delighted to have been recognised with this award at a national level and thanks must go to all of our hard-working and committed staff, as it would not have happened without their dedication."
 
Diabetes is a common condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood at diagnosis is too high because the body cannot use the glucose as energy.

Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or produces insulin but cannot use it properly.
 
The courses have proved to be very popular and are booked up for the rest of the year.

New sessions will be available in the New Year - those interested should call 01225 711443. 

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